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article imageFrozen hash browns recalled — They may have a side of golf balls

By Karen Graham     Apr 25, 2017 in Food
McCain Foods USA is recalling frozen hash browns in nine states because pieces of golf balls may be mixed in with the potatoes. The pieces of golf balls could present a choking hazard.
You could say that this story would do well if it was posted in the sports column, but all kidding aside, it is actually very serious. According to the FDA's Recall Notice, despite stringent supply standards, it seems that some golf balls were harvested along with the potatoes.
The voluntary recall is limited to McCain's two-pound bags of Roundy's Brand and Harris Teeter Brand frozen hash browns. Both brands were manufactured on January 19, 2017, and have a production code date of B170119 that can be found on the back of the packaging. No other products or production codes are impacted by this recall.
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Rachel Becker, who writes forThe Verge was concerned enough to call the customer helpline, and the nice gentleman who picked up her call directed her to the McCain Foods communications officer, but no one answered the call, so we will never know if McCain has been working on a new way to grow golf balls alongside potatoes or not.
Patato plants in a garden.
Patato plants in a garden.
Roundy’s Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 001115055019), are being recalled from Marianos, Metro Market, and Pick ‘n Save stores in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Harris Teeters Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 007203649020), have been recalled in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, and Maryland.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to not consume them. Either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. It should be noted that there have been no injuries reported relative to this recall.
Consumers with concerns or questions about the recall should contact McCain Foods USA, Inc. at 630- 857-4533 (Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST).
If given the choice, most of us would prefer finding a piece of a golf ball rather than a dead bat, grasshoppers, frogs or other creatures. Fresh express had to recall some cases of their Organic Marketside Spring Mix after two people had eaten a salad that turned out to contain a dead bat.
The next time you sit down to a nice tossed salad  make sure you know what is in it!
The next time you sit down to a nice tossed salad, make sure you know what is in it!
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According to the CDC, the bat was so deteriorated it could not be tested for rabies, and while getting rabies from consuming rabid animals is unusual, eating them is usually not recommended, anyway.
Folks might remember back in February 2016 when Digital Journal reported that a Utah woman found a snake's head in her "fancy cut" green beans. The snake's head actually wasn't very fancy, and she actually thought at first it was a piece of burnt string bean, that is, until she looked closer and saw its eyes.
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